RSS Feed with Feedburner's BuzzBoost

Kyle here from Kirksville Web Design. For some reason the Embed RSS Feed featured gadget is broken and we all needed a solution to embedding an RSS feed into our Google Sites.

You needed it, we made it.

Using Feedburner, a service of Google, you can use this handy XML gadget I created to add a nice looking feed.

Simply go through the steps of adding your syndication to Feedburner and click on the "Publicize tab." From there, you'll see BuzzBoost - Republish your RSS Feed as HTML! Activate this service and customize your options. You'll see a code for adding this to your Google Sites webpage.

Copy this string of code, your Javascript URL for the feed. (See the highlighted part in the screenshot below.

Copy that code and get ready to use it!

"But Google Sites doesn't support Javascript" you may say. Google Sites supports Javascript in the confines of a gadget.

So, here's your gadget. Styled and everything, located at:

  • Copy the link address for the xml gadget and go to your website
  • Edit Page
  • Insert
  • More Gadgets
  • Add gadget by URL
  • Paste URL
  • Add the Javascript URL
  • Save!
You can configure the gadget after the fact using Buzzboost to determine number of posts, snippets, etc.


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  3. Hi Kyle.. the first time i received a message saying something like the "/link" tag is missin'.. i did the needful.. And then the gadget became 'visible'/'active'.. But when i pasted the feedburner javascript url , it resulted in the following...
    body { background:transparent; } div.feedburnerFeedBlock ul li { background: transparent; list-style-type: none; margin:0 0 5px -40px; padding:5px 5px 5px 10px !important; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; } div.feedburnerFeedBlock ul li:hover { background: transparent; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; } div.feedburnerFeedBlock ul li a{ color:#164b70; text-decoration:none; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; font-weight: bold; } div.feedburnerFeedBlock ul li a:hover { text-decoration:none; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; } div #creditfooter{ display:none; }

    Where have I messed up?

  4. That simply isn't true. Please follow the instructions using Feedburner as outlined above. I have two working examples on the page linked.

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  6. Did you figure it out Mark? What was your issue and how did you fix it? Maybe this will help others.

    1. Hey Kyle,

      Nice work.. but..

      Looks like you have updated the xml file but havent updated your readers about the update!

      Anyways.. thanks!

  7. Hi,

    I am so new to Google Site. Could you please provide the step-by-step instruction. I do not know how to do start this part "Simply go through the steps of adding your syndication to Feedburner and click on the "Publicize tab."

    Thanks a lot,


  8. Hi,

    I tried to pasting the URL, but it gives me an error message. It would be great if you can help me out. Thanks

    "The gadget you added is not valid

    Unsupported feature: org.apache.shindig.common.xml.XmlException: Content is not allowed in prolog. At: (1,1)"

  9. Christine de Nijs from HollandMay 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Google Sites had a nice gadget for RSS feeds. Just like you I found out that it doesn't work anymore. Thank you very much for this solution. It took me a bit of looking for the right URL to your XML gadget, but after I finally found it I could make it work quite easily!
    Now I only need te figure out how I can show the pictures to my feeds...

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  14. I'm having the same problem that Anonymous had above. I get this error message when I add gadget by URL:

    "The gadget you added is not valid

    Unsupported feature: org.apache.shindig.common.xml.XmlException: The entity name must immediately follow the '&' in the entity reference. At: (5,285)"

    Any suggestions?

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  16. I am getting the same problem the the gagdet ulr is not working for my...any suggestions

  17. Kyle, thanks so much for this solution. My embedded feed looks great in both IE and Safari, but it appears not to work in Google Chrome. I'm using Chrome right now, and I tried viewing your linked examples above, and the feeds aren't appearing. Do you know why this might be and if there's any way to fix it?


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